City of Huntingburg Applying for Indiana’s Stellar Communities Program

SpinnerHuntingburg, Ind. – The City of Huntingburg is applying for Indiana’s 2014 Stellar Communities program.  The program, a partnership between the State Revolving Fund and three state agencies, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT); Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA); and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), provides designated communities with funding for comprehensive community development projects in Indiana’s smaller communities.  Essentially, the program “leverages state and federal funding from multiple agencies to undertake large-scale projects.”

“The Stellar Communities application process takes all of the public feedback we’ve received during the last two years through the “Reviving the Pride” listening sessions; feedback from the updated comprehensive plan; and the recent presentation of the downtown revitalization plan, and moves us from the planning phase to the implementation phase at an accelerated  pace,” says Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner (pictured).  “This designation would allow us to continue to move our community forward in a positive direction.”

To apply for the program, interested communities must submit a letter of interest, which are then evaluated by a committee.  Finalists are announced in March and those communities must then submit a strategic investment plan.  If approved, the committee will visit and evaluate each of the finalists, and two communities are then designated as “Stellar Communities.”

“Based on the types of projects we’re submitting, combined with the community support and the public and private partners we’ve identified, we’re confident that Huntingburg has an application worthy of moving to the second round of this process,” says Mayor Spinner.

The City of Huntingburg will host a “Stellar Reveal” open house on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Huntingburg Event Center, located at 110 E 14th Street.  It is open to the public.

For questions or for more information, please contact Rachel Steckler, Director of Communication and Community Development, at 683-2211 or by email at rsteckler@huntingburg-in.gov.

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